Black Malachite
Nightfall


3.0
good

Review

by zaruyache USER (21 Reviews)
June 2nd, 2017 | 140 replies


Release Date: 2017 | Tracklist

Review Summary: In totally untypical fashion, Black Malachite mostly fails to disappoint.

At 49 minutes and 12 tracks in length, "Nightfall", is easily the best material released by multi-instrumentalist Dalton DuBois--whether under his "Black Malachite" moniker or any other. Featuring excellent production values and rather well-executed instrumentation, the record spreads its time across more or less three different styles: southern-tinged post-rock, electronic music, and solo pianist performances. Despite showing clear evidence of Dubois' continued progress in composition, however, the album is still plagued by the same problems as the artist's previous releases.

Running a total of 49 minutes, "Nightfall" still feels rather bloated and inconsistent largely due to its awkward stylistic divisions. Beginning with three tracks of lovely acoustic-laden "country styled" post-rock, the record is quick to devolve into the mediocre beat-driven electronica for which the Black Malachite project has been previously known--the saving grace of which are their sometimes prominent inclusions of piano lines therein (the playing at which Dubois is surprisingly competent). While definitely not unbearable, these songs are so drastically different in style and quality from the previous rock-based pieces that there's really a good question to be asked in why they were included on "Nightfall" to begin with and not on a separate release of their own, outside of simply filling time.

Despite its awkward middle section, though, "Nightfall" seems to end on a relatively higher note. Seemingly taking a mind of its own, the piano slowly takes on more and more spotlight as the album progresses, eventually resulting in the barely electric "J.E.D.C.T.A." and following two solo performances that close out the album. While definitely still lackluster compared to the warm, hopeful strumming in "Daybreak," "Nightfall," and "Fireflies," these pieces are still executed fairly well in their own right and serve as an effective outro to the record.

"Nightfall" isn't a great record by any means--but it is most definitely a few large steps in the right direction for the mostly directionless Black Malachite. While still more interested in experimenting with different flavors than committing to and refining one at a time, "Nightfall" interestingly boasts some of the artist's best material yet and is easily his most overall consistent release to boot. Although his electronic pieces still need some work, his guitar and piano compositions continue to grow surprisingly stronger as time goes by. It's surprising to say, but "Nightfall" seems to be proof positive of Sputnikmusic's own Dalton DuBois slowly becoming a competent artist.



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zaruyache
June 1st 2017


17550 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0 | Sound Off

Surprise surprise, new album isn't crap.



http://www.blackmalachite.bandcamp.com/album/nightfall





Come to Brazil.



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SteakByrnes
June 2nd 2017


3818 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Where has this man been

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calmrose
June 2nd 2017


2213 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

a full album like the first three songs would be pretty good actually



the electronic songs really drag this down

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zaruyache
June 2nd 2017


17550 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0 | Sound Off

I was scared I was gonna have to 3.5 this after hearing the first three tracks. An album of more developed rock like that would be pretty nice.



"Where has this man been"



Apparently locked in a dungeon hammering this bad boy out.

SteakByrnes
June 2nd 2017


3818 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

I'll have to give this a listen eventually, support the boi



Also nice review

Dewinged
June 2nd 2017


5450 Comments


And the day has come, that our Dalton got a 3 review on Sput. Happy for him tbh, I will jam it later.

And good review Zaru, malachited pos.

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zaruyache
June 2nd 2017


17550 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0 | Sound Off

And Lo, unto the world he gave Nightfall. And it was pretty OK. Glory be.

SteakByrnes
June 2nd 2017


3818 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

He's already gotten a 3 review before tho, his first album was a 3 review

Dewinged
June 2nd 2017


5450 Comments


First is always free man.

Beardog
June 2nd 2017


1539 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Daybreak is such a good song

AnimalsAsSummit
June 2nd 2017


2800 Comments

Album Rating: 1.5

cool art

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ScuroFantasma
Contributing Reviewer
June 2nd 2017


10717 Comments


Good review, I'd change the opening of either the first or second paragraph cuz they're essentially the same.

Also holy $10usd price tag batman

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TVC15
June 2nd 2017


8445 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

Dude's gotta make a profit somehow, from what I understand this was by no means a cheap album to create



Also, don't know how much this will affect the review's score but none of the instruments were playd live, they're VSTs

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MonotoneMop
June 2nd 2017


564 Comments


This is cool. Only listened to the first two and the closer, but I really liked what I heard.

Beardog
June 2nd 2017


1539 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

The guitar wasn't played live?

TVC15
June 2nd 2017


8445 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

Snide told me himself, everything is programmed on VSTs

Aberf
June 2nd 2017


1185 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

this wasn't a disaster, so props to him.

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XingKing
June 2nd 2017


12296 Comments


That's quite surprising given some of the poor slides. Why would you program shitty slides?

wwf
June 2nd 2017


5539 Comments


dude I thought you were doing vocals for this

Sinternet
June 2nd 2017


14516 Comments


i will be impressed if this is above a 1.5

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